Zante, Greece

Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea and a well-known summer resort. The harbor city of Zakynthos is the capital and major hub, centered around waterfront Solomos Square. Popular beaches like Agios Nikolaos, Alykanas and Tsilivi offer swimming and water sports. Accessed by boat, Navagio beach is the site of a famed 1980 shipwreck resting in a sandy cove framed by cliffs. Your perfect beach getaway with crystal clear waters and sea turtles!

Note: There are no buses from the airport, you’ll have to take a taxi which won’t cost very much as all the main beaches and Zante town is super close. Kalamaki beach is the closest to the airport.

Here are my recommendations:

  1. Shipwreck Beach and Blue caves departing from Laganas beach. You can climb the ship but just be careful because it’s quite rusty and has many sharp edges. This tour was also suppose to include the famous view point to look down at Shipwreck Beach, but unfortunately there was a forest fire going on that entire weekend ><
  2.  Turtle Island (Marathonisi) and Keri caves departing from Keri beach. You’ll have time to swim in the caves and chill at turtle beach as part of the tour.
  3. Laganas (Party town at night) and Kalamaki beach. You can rent pedal boats, kayaks and all types of fun floats to relax in the sea. Plenty of restaurants to choose from as these two beaches are connected. Most people choose to stay here (in terms of accom)
  4. Xigia Beach, known as Zante’s natural spa as the water is quite sulphuric and you can smell it (like rotten eggs but not as strong as Iceland)
  5. Zante Town

Must try dessert: Frigania. Extremely sweet, kinda like a Banoffee pie. My photo isn’t great, but it was really yummy!

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Fjord, Norway

What is a fjord? A fjord is a deep, narrow and elongated sea or lakedrain, with steep land on three sides. The longest fjord in the world is Scoresby Sund in Greenland (350 km), but the Western Norway region (Fjord Norway) boasts the next two spots on the list, with the Sognefjord (203 km), and the Hardanger Fjord (179 km).

I used the Norway in a nutshell 1 day tour (here) to get from Oslo to Bergen, while visiting fjords along the way. This tour was really well organised allowing you to experience the Bergen Railway, Flam railway, a cruise from Flam to Aurlandsfjord and on the narrowest fjord in the world- Nærøyfjord, and a bus ride from Gudvangen to Voss. If you have more time and money, I would highly recommend doing more than just this day trip, there are several options on the site to extend your journey. Here are some photos from my mystical experience:

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It got really cold at some point on the train ride!
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Fjords at Flam
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I love the reflection on the calm waters, taken from the ferry
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You pass by beautiful towns on the ferry

It would be nice to come back in future when there are blue skies. I can imagine a whole new look! Perhaps I’ll find some hiking options in future to oversee the area rather than be low down on the waters.